Kerry Looks Like a Good Candidate for 2016: Too Bad He Isn’t Running

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United States Secretary of State John Kerry — who was the Democrat party’s nominee in the 2004 presidential election — has given his official answer to whether he will run for the nation’s top office in 2016: no. In an exclusive interview with CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” he stated unequivocally that he was out of politics after his current term in President Barack Obama’s cabinet concludes. “I have no plans whatsoever. This is my last stop,” the secretary of state said. “I’m going to serve the country in the extraordinarily privileged position the President has given me, the great challenges that I have, and move on.”

It seems ironic now that Kerry’s name is being drawn into political discussions of the upcoming 2016 presidential election; the secretary of state has said he has no interest in the oval office, but he is perhaps receiving the most widespread admiration of his political career. While Kerry has said he has no intention to run, the current election cycle is still in the early stages and no one has yet to declare, so the opportunity to discuss which top Democrats could be the most viable candidate is still available.

Kerry — like his predecessor in the Department of State, Hillary Clinton — could be a Democrat party heavy weight. Back in September, while President Barack Obama’s job approval rating was sitting at dismal 45 percent, 60 percent of Americans approved of job Kerry was doing as secretary of state, according to Gallup’s data. That was before he — with help from CBS correspondent Margaret Brennan and Russian President Vladimir Putin — brokered a deal to remove chemical weapons from Syria. Kerry’s tenure in the State Department did not exactly begin strongly; after replacing Hillary Clinton, he jokingly commented that he had “big heels to fill” and his first foreign-policy speech as secretary was a near disaster. He mistakenly referred to “Kyrzakhstan,” an apparent conflation of the countries Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

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